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Renaissance Art
Grades 5 through 12

What radical changes in art (and life) marked the period known as the Renaissance? Original works of art provide students with firsthand answers to this question. Students will explore such artistic developments as perspective and the evolving naturalistic representation of human figure, and how these stylistic changes were influenced by scientific discovery and the rise of humanism.

Looking and Learning Skills

During four or five tour stops in the galleries, students engage in activities—such as looking exercises, small-group work, and sketching—that foster conversations about works of art. On this tour, students will practice the following skills:
• Comparing and contrasting different visual representations of Renaissance ideas.
• Reasoning with evidence from the works of art and using them as primary sources on Renaissance art and society.
• Making and articulating careful observations.
• Formulating questions that demonstrate curiosity and engagement.
• Connecting new ideas discussed on the tour to prior knowledge of Renaissance art and culture.

Examples of Works Featured on Tour

Logistical Information

Group Size: Up to 90 students
Length: 75 minutes
Meeting Location: West Building Rotunda

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